Will Rawls. Photo: Luis Rodriguez
Will Rawls, I make me [sic], 2016, Performance View. Greater New York, MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel
Will Rawls, Cursor, 2018, Performance View. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Washington D.C. Photo: Erin Schaff
Will Rawls, Uncle Rebus, 2018, Performance View. High Line Art. Photo: Will Rawls
Will Rawls is a New York-based choreographer, performance artist, curator and writer. His work focuses on relationship and transitions between dance and language in order to consider the poetics of blackness, abstraction and opacity. He is currently artist-in-residence at The Hammer Museum. Rawls’s choreographic work has appeared at The Museum of Modern Art (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); Danspace Project, New York (2018); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2018), Issue Project Room, Brooklyn (2018); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2018); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2016); Abrons Arts Center, New York (2015). In 2016 he co-curated Lost and Found, a six-week program of performances, artist projects and panels at Danspace Project that considered the intergenerational impact of HIV/AIDS on dancers, women and people of color. His writing has been published by Artforum, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and les presses du réel. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant.
On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at 8 pm, Will Rawls and poet and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine will present a collaborate performance, What Remains at ICA/Boston. Tickets and more information here.
Rawl’s Artist Talk is in collaboration with Theater, Dance & Media.